Van Gerwen fires out a warning to his rivals after hammering Kist
Michael van Gerwen made short work of fellow countryman Christian Kist to begin the defence of his PDC World Darts Championship title in style.
Top seed and World No.1 Van Gerwen blew past Kist 3-1 at London's Alexandra Palace to safely progress to the second round on the opening night of action.
The Dutchman averaged an impressive 107.4 average in the victory, proving that he has been installed as clear favourite for a reason.
He'll now face James Wilson in that next round tie, with the Englishman overcoming Krzysztof Ratajski 3-1 to set up the meeting.
"I'm not unbeatable, but I'm feeling close to it," was Van Gerwen's warning to his title challengers after his win.
"I played well to start the tournament, the first round is always hard as you want to show everyone the form you are in.
"I know what losing is like, it's the worst feeling for someone performing at the highest level to have - they can beat me in another tournament but not in this one.
"Every game will be different, the format will get longer and I just have to go out there and play well."
Elsewhere, Steve Beaton was a 3-1 winner over Irishman William O'Connor in the first game of the tournament, while Gerwyn Price also progressed by beating Ted Evetts 3-0.